Christmas Eve Fish Main Course for 15
We're looking for an elegant fish entree for Christmas Eve. About 15 people, and we would prefer something that can be assembled ahead of time and popped in the oven. What are your winners?
Lobster au Gratin
Baked stuffed whole fish
Roasted whole fish on potatoes, tomatoes, herbs
Roasted cod fillets with mushrooms, leeks, tomatoes
there's a few variations with salmon and asparagus.
i've done this one several times but subbed the caper sauce with gorgonzola butter from another recipe. it's always a big hit. of course you will need to adjust the amounts.
One dish I LOVE to make is flounder or grey sole fillets with spinach parmesan stuffing. This recipe is from the Stonewall Kitchen cookbook (it is paraphrased here). It serves 4 & is easy to make all ahead several hours & then just pop in the oven right before you eat.
1 T olive oil
1 garlic clove, sliced thin
3/4 lb spinach, thick stems removed
s&p to taste
8 fillets of flounder or sole (about 1 1/2 lbs)
1/4 cup grated parm
3/4 c dry white wine
2 T butter
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
Heat oil & cook garlic about 10 seconds. Add spinach & cook til soft, abt 5 min. S&P to taste. Remove to a collander & squeeze out water. Chop spinach & set aside.
Lay out the fillets, sprinkle with s&p. Put 1-2 T spinach on top, sprinkle with cheese. Roll up fish. Place on broiler pan. Repeat til done.
Cover & keep in fridge until ready to cook.
When ready to cook, preheat oven to 400 deg. Pour 1/2 cup wine on top of fish & bake 12 min. Remove from oven & preheat broiler. Add another 1/4 cup wine to pan along with butter & broil 2 min. Remove from oven & sprinkle bread crumbs on top of fish. Spoon cooking liquid on top of fish to moisten breadcrumbs. Broil another 3-4 min.
I have also made this with sauteed beet greens i/o spinach which creates a beautiful pink sauce. Beet greens may be hard to come by this time of year, depending where you are.
I have made this for about a dozen people & it took 2 half sheet pans, fairly well filled. Goes well with rice or potatoes or even home made egg pasta. This is seriously the best fish dish I have ever made & it is beautiful on the plate.